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chain restrictions are in effect. it should be a good weekend of fresh powder for the skiers. let's bring in our chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. it's kind of nice, rain, snow and sunshine. >> definitely everything here on the weather boards. the cold front associated with it has moved through and we're tracking this upper area of low-pressure system that's going to bring some some showers and potentially some thunderstorms. off to the north here of santa rosa we are detecting several lightning strikes and that's a sign of that instability that will be lingering over the next six to 12 hours. let's get a look at the rainfall totals. it's varied widely here. richmond 0.24 and then you've got san francisco at 0.10 and lesser amounts down into parts of the south bay. so here we go. tonight there's that rain we expect from the upper level area of low pressure that's going to push to the south as we head throughout 9:00 p.m., so expect another wave of wet weather as we head throughout this evening.
we're also talking low snow for tomorrow morning. snow levels could drop as low as 2,000 feet. we'll let you know who could get a rain/snow mix coming up a little later on in the weather forecast. thanks, jeff. the new eastern span of the bay bridge is set to open by this labor day and transit officials want to throw a big party giving people a chance to walk on the bridge before it opens to vehicle traffic. the catch, that party is over budget and the agency wants to use your money to help pay for the party. jodi hernandez is live at treasure island with more on this proposal. >> reporter: transit experts say the eastern span of the bay bridge will most certainly become a globally recognized icon of the bay area and its opening deserves a huge celebration. but the party they're proposing, the price of the party they're proposing is making some squeamish. >> we've got the finish line in sight. >> reporter: and big plans are in place to celebrate the completion of the eastern span
of the bay bridge. the bay area toll thoerauthorit proposing spending $5.6 million in toll money on a grand opening party that will give tens of thousands of people the chance to walk across the bridge on labor day weekend before it opens to traffic. >> public funds are expected to be used for transportation and public safety. i think of it as the four bs. it's buses, barricades, bathrooms and bodies. >> reporter: the toll authority is teaming up with a nonprofit group to make the celebration even more spectacular. the bay bridge alliance is raising private funds to pay for a cycling event, a fun run, fireworks and even a concert on treasure island. >> the 280,000 folks who use the bridge every single day and who have been waiting for this to happen for a long period of time deserve a couple of days to celebrate this. so we're going to make that happen any way we can. >> reporter: but the price of the party is raising eyebrows. stewart cohen, of transform, a
transportation advocacy and watchdog group likes the idea of a celebration, but says public money should be used as a last resort. >> there's a lot of wealth in the bay area. let's try to see if we can do it with sponsorships. if not just so toll pairs don't feel taken advantage of. >> reporter: leslie says spending millions on a bay bridge party just doesn't make sense. >> i think $5.6 million for a party is just way too much. we have a lot of people in this area that are just struggling trying to make ends meet and just trying to get across the bridge themselves to get to work or home, so i think that's way too extravagant. >> reporter: we are back here live. you're looking at the self-anchored suspension span due to open after labor day. now, the bay area toll authority will be taking its initial vote on whether to spend $5.6 million in tolls that they have already collected on a party next week.
reporting live on treasure island, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, jodi. we have uncovered new details involving yesterday's san francisco cable car accident. we knew a bolt on the tracks brought the car to a grinding halt and sent seven people to the hospital, but where did that mysterious bolt come from? muni says it's from one of its own, its own system. inspectors returned to the tracks on washington and powell streets in san francisco today. that's where the cable car, cable car 25, came to an abrupt halt yesterday after striking that bolt. muni has since determined the bolt came off one of their own switch plates. as a result of the accident, muni is now changing its practices. >> what we will do now in addition to visually checking them is that at least once a week we will tighten up all of the bolts. >> muni says the cables have sensors that trigger an alarm back at the main station when there's an obstruction on the track, but yesterday the bolt
was deep enough into the channel, therefore, it did not trigger that alarm. now a followup to a story we first brought you last month. a woman who falsely reported a child kidnapping is now facing legal troubles. on january 15th, she told police a stranger tried to pry her 2-year-old daughter from her arms in the front yard of their san jose home. she later admitted the story was a hoax and is now facing a misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting a crime. she turned herself into police and posted bail immediately. she is scheduled to make her first court appearance march 6th. right now in downtown san jose, mayor chuck reed is preparing to deliver his seventh state of the city address. a live look now where preparations are under way at the san jose civic auditorium. an awards ceremony will precede the mayor's talk, most of which will address the city's financial outlook. mayor reed has already said he will address the pension reforms that were approved by voters last year. the second part of this issue is the retaining the police
officers who were angered by those reforms. ahead at 6:00 we'll look at how the mayor has fulfilled those promises from his last state of the city address. today state lawmakers, law enforcement officials and several california mayors gathered in sacramento to outline new gun regulation. as a backdrop, they used a display of semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines they want banned. >> the violence is most sharp in our cities, in the big cities. the numbers not only tell us that, but the grief. >> state democrats are introducing seven bills in ball aimed at tackling mental health issues and further regulating firearms. they're hopeful state republicans will support the measures. treading water west of the bridge. it takes a little while for your head to wrap around that because you're thinking that's something that's not supposed to be there. >> still ahead here at 5:00, not
what they expected. a man floating in the bay and a life-saving decision made in ain't. as part of our bay area proud series. and she's known on the world stage. we catch up with one of the most well-known bay area residents to find out about golfing with the famous. and he gave the cops the slip. what we're learning about a criminal who's on the loose in the south bay. good evening, i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. we are tracking rain here lingering off the coastline. we are going to let you know not only how long this rain is going to be lasting but also how cold those temperatures will be getting coming up in just a few minutes.
officers had to link two sets of handcuffs together. somehow sanchez was able to slip his handcuffs to the front of his body and then when the officers weren't looking, he hopped into the driver's seat of a police van and he drove off. he ditched the van in a local neighborhood and ran. police found the van but could not find sanchez. a frightening night for an east bay family after two men kicked in the door to their home and opened fire. vallejo police got the call that a mother and her two adult children have been shot at a home. the family was taken to the hospital. all are expected to survive. police don't know why their house was chosen. it appears at this time to be random. one of apple's biggest investors says it's time for the company to show us the money. david einhorn who runs an investment firm called green light capital is suing apple demanding that the cupertino company give more of its cash back to its shareholders. apple has $137 billion in cash
reserves, more than any other public company. and today responded to the lawsuit by saying it will discuss ways to give more cash to investors. apple stock jumped 3% on that news. movie stars, rock stars and one former secretary of state joined the best golfers in the world for the first round of the at&t pro am at pebble beach. phil mickelson is getting a lot of attention. the four-time champion is here again this year to defend his title. he's one title away from tying five-time winner mark o'meara, the king of pebble beach. the big-name newcomer is condoleezza rice, former secretary of state. she lives on the peninsula and golfs at stanford regularly. she told us she's nervous about playing in front of all these celebrities and the large crowd. >> well, i had wanted to do it and the scheduling has never quite worked out. maybe i wanted to get my golf game a little bit better, so hopefully i've succeeded. >> what are your expectations here? >> oh, i'm just going to try to hit the ball well and have fun. >> any pressure playing in front
of a gallery. >> oh, no. of course there is, are you kidding? you just have to try to put that aside and swing the club. >> good attitude. well, there are some noticeable no-shows this year. on the amateur side, comedian george lopez. on the professional side, tiger woods. play continues through the weekend. >> but bill murray is in full swing. >> and you know that whole mustache, he's preparing for a role he said. it's not just what he does every day. well, we're surrounded by water, right? the bay, the ocean and rivers. there are a lot of places around here you can get in trouble on the water. >> and it's often other boaters rather than professional rescuers who are first on the scene to help. for one man in deep trouble last fall, that turned out to be just as good. garvin thomas is here with that story. >> reporter: it was early in the morning of october 31st. crew change aboard the tugboat guard had just taken place. the captain said he spotted a dark shape in the water about 150 yards away. he almost didn't investigate it. good thing he did, though, because what happened next is tonight's "bay area proud."
even on a morning when the weather is calm and the water is flat, there is no such thing as an ordinary day on san francisco bay. at least not when that day is spent aboard a tugboat. like the guard. captain perry overton has spent enough years at the wheel to know that. >> some jobs can be a real challenge, but that's -- that's what keeps you awake, you know. it's pretty cool. >> reporter: still, one day last fall, cool quickly gave way to something else entirely. the tug's job that morning was tos court a container ship into san francisco bay. with overton at the helm and chief engineer keith manning on deck, the guard had just passed under the golden gate bridge. the boat was a mile and a half out to sea when overton spotted something floating in the water. >> logs, crab buoys, you know,
you're always seeing something in the water out here. >> reporter: at first he kept his course, kept to the boat's schedule. but when the container ship radioed it was running 45 minutes late, overton turned the tug around. >> i said let's go check this out and see what it is. we got up to it and it was a guy. it was a guy treading water a mile and a half west of the bridge. and, you know, it takes a little while for your head to wrap around that because you're thinking that's something that's not supposed to be there. >> reporter: something, someone the crew clearly needed to get out of the water quickly. a life ring was tossed, but the man in the water didn't even reach for it. >> no response at all. he's just staring at us, which is really spooky, because there was no emotion on the guy's face, nothing. he was just treading water, just barely keeping afloat. >> the victim was in the water over this way. >> reporter: keith decided someone was going to have to go in, and he volunteered himself for the job. he lowered a ladder over the
edge, went below deck and got ready. >> grab the handle. out it comes. >> reporter: wearing his immersion suit, he jumped into the dark, cold pacific. >> if i had to get in his face and say, okay, now you're going to have to do this for me, one foot up that ladder at a time slowly got him up the ladder. >> reporter: they saved the man's life. people who spend their lives on the water know help isn't always close by. it's why the crew of the guard practices man overboard drills every month, so that when it's not practice, they are perfect. >> and they did a really fine job. we're proud of them. >> the first thing i wanted to mention is not just us saying they did a good job, this from a national park service rescue swimmer. in the 20-plus years of my career, i've never seen such a professional rescue by nonprofessional rescuers, talking about what they did. of course you're wondering what's the guy doing in the water?
>> yes. >> the tug crew is wondering too. the guy was in such a state he couldn't talk when they got him on board. they handed him over to the coast guard. they have no idea. they have no idea who he was or what he was doing in the water. >> thanks, garvin. let's bring in jeff ranieri, our chief meteorologist. we've got rain, we've got snow, we've got it all. >> yeah, we definitely do. i know a lot of you have seen some sunshine after that morning round of rain but another wave of activity off to the north. let's get to the some of the activity immediately offshore. it's not much but you can see some scattered rainfall that we'll see move in over the next couple of hours. it's going to be scattered in nature again so not everybody is going to see something over the next two hours, but here's what i'm concerned about. off to the north we do have a few areas of lightning strikes near chico, reading and also red bluff. there's enough instability in the atmosphere as we head throughout the evening hours, also for tomorrow, that we can't rule out a stray lightning
strike here for the bay area so keep your eyes to the sky tonight. otherwise right now temperatures have dropped. it feels like we're in the freezer here across the bay area. this time last week we had 70s and now we have low 50s across the entire board. you add in a little wind and it feels like the 40s. let's take you outside to that live hd sky camera network on this brisk evening. we do have some cloud top buildup. not too bad there in san jose, but once again, don't let your guard down because we do have more rainfall coming your way for tonight. there you can see also up into oakland, we have plenty of cloud cover off to the north that eventually will bring us more raindrops. so let's get you into the mix here. what we have happening is that area of upper low pressure. there's a ton of uplift in the upper atmosphere so as this passes over tonight, that's where we get that chance of thunderstorms. it's only going to be with us throughout early tomorrow morning and then that pushes off to the east. then here we go for this weekend. we get some sunny weather, high pressure returns, but it will stay cool as we head throughout saturday and also on sunday.
otherwise for that rain timeline we'll find that next wave of energy moving in at 9:00, 10:00 tonight and tomorrow morning we are still forecasting areas of showers at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00, and that's where it gets extremely interesting back for the east bay and the south bay because temperatures will be in the low to mid-30s. so that could mean from about 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., maybe a rain/snow mix. yes, in livermore and also in san jose. so if you hear some raindrops early tomorrow morning, you may want to go outside and take a look. you may get a few snow flurries mixing on in. we're going to start with 35 in napa, 35 in san jose and also 33 in los gatos. and for tomorrow, daytime highs will top out in the low to mid-50s with plenty of sunshine by the afternoon and definitely not only the jacket but you'll need those layers with you. on the three-day forecast we get sunny weather in here on saturday and also sunday. then as we head throughout next week, we'd like to put more rainfall in here but it's just
not going to happen. it will stay dry on monday and tuesday. temperatures will warm up with low to mid-60s. and for valentine's day, we can't forget that, my producer, anthony, is right on top of things. for all of you lovebirds out there, or ones looking for love, we will have some partly cloudy skies and 64. >> that's next thursday. >> next thursday. >> don't forget that. >> all right, jeff. you and your counterparts on the east coast saying it might be one of the biggest blizzards in recorded history and it's about to hit the northeastern states with a vengeance. airlines have already begun cancelling hundreds of flights in new york, chicago and other cities in the next few days. meanwhile in boston, school has already been cancelled. still to come at 5:00, a close encounter as a record asteroid is headed our way. and fed up with the skin or too much skin? the new dress code coming to one of hollywood's biggest events.
reported after a dreamliner test flight. boeing got the okay to fly one of its 787s from its test factory to washington. dreamliners have been grounded after two battery fires. today the ntsb said it was a short circuit in the lithium ion battery which caused it to smoke and burn, but the agency can't explain why there was a short circuit. the dreamliner is expected to be grounded for at least another month. they have cancelled all flights to tokyo through march. how close is close? only nasa would consider 17,000 miles a close encounter. a potato-shaped asteroid, take a look, the size of a half a football field is heading towards earth and will zip by us next friday. it will pass within 17,000 miles of our planet, which nasa says is the closest known approach ever for an object this size. for some perspective, if you drove from here to miami six
times, that would be about 17,000 miles. amateur atraun mestronomers exp see the big rock. we should say a lot of amateurs are excited to see the big rock this coming friday. well, there is a dress code at the grammys. that story when we come back. when i take a picture of this check, it goes straight to the bank. oh. oh look the lion is out! no mommy no! don't worry honey, it only works on checks. deposit checks from your smartphone with chase quickdeposit. just snap a picture, hit send and done. take a step forward and chase what matters.
just call them the fashion police. the grammy awards are thr sunday and cbs network has sent a memo saying everyone needs to be adequately covered. that means cover those buttocks and breasts. that also means no thong-type costumes or sheer clothing on stage. something lady gaga has been a fan of. cbs is also banning any type of lapel pins backing an organized
on our broadcast tonight, the manhunt for a rogue ex cop turns sniper. the entire state of california placed on alert all day after a two-day killing rampage. blizzard warning here in the east. a potentially history-making winter storm 50 million americans in its path. nearly 3 feet of snow predicted in some places. hurricane-force winds. our team is in place tonight
with the latest track. clear the room. a senator gives the order after protesters disrupt a hearing on the subject of drones and torture, and the president's pick to lead the cia. and the giant comeback under way in one of the most majestic places on earth. restoring the redwood forest to its old glory. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. good evening. to our viewers out west tonight, we begin our broadcast out west this evening after a very dramatic and disconcerting day in southern california. after three murders, two more people wounded and the word from police today that one of their own, an ex police officer, a military veteran, is targeting police officers. as a result, law